I started using Planned Parenthood when I was in college in Bloomington. I went for birth control. I couldn't ask my mom because I didn't think she'd feel comfortable talking with me about birth control. Planned Parenthood was the first place I thought of because they see people who don't have insurance. When I got to my first appointment, I felt like they were helping me: They gave me pamphlets and talked with me about my health and the decisions I wanted to make. They made me feel comfortable and answered all my questions. I hadn't taken birth control before, so I was nervous about possible complications, especially with the pill. I was worried about gaining weight and getting blood clots. The staff answered my questions and I was able to get birth control. When I was in college, I needed Planned Parenthood. It empowered me to make adult decisions when I couldn't turn to my parents. It's important for young professional women to have control of their bodies. At the time, I wanted to go to Law School. I knew that if I was going to be sexually active, I needed to be responsible about it. I knew that if I had a child, I wouldn't have the money or the space to take care of it. I'd seen some of my peers have babies and try to take care of them while still living in the dorms. I knew that wasn't for me. Planned Parenthood offers a lot of services and helps people make tough decisions. When politicians talk about it, it's always about abortion. But they do so much more. I wish politicians would just Google Planned Parenthood so they can at least learn about it before entering a debate about it. They need to think about the difficult decisions that folks make before passing judgment. No texts please.